Treatment Programs

Women's Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program

When substance use or mental health issues are taking away what you value the most, Caron can help you regain your life.

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At a Glance

  • Our holistic program

    addresses mind, body, and spirit.

  • A private building dedicated to women

    provides a trauma-informed environment that allows you to connect with other women who understand the struggles you face.

  • A welcoming culture

    invites your vulnerability, honesty, and transparency.

  • A safe place

    allows you freedom to concentrate on therapeutic work.

  • Education and support for your family

    enables the whole family to recover and move forward.


Highlights of the Women's Program

In the Women's Program at Caron Pennsylvania, you can learn to let go of the shame and secrecy and concentrate on getting the treatment you need.

Clinical excellence and uncompromising patient-centric care mark every component of Caron’s core programming, which includes the Women’s Program. Our focus incorporates overall mental behavioral health, including treatment of co-occurring disorders.

With more than 65 years of treating substance use disorder and process addictions, Caron emphasizes Recovery For Life, providing you and every patient we treat with lifetime support. We view substance use disorder as a chronic treatable brain disease that requires a long-term management plan.

Amy's Story - A Woman in Treatment

Foundational Treatment Elements


  • Thorough assessments allow our experts to develop recommendations for customized treatment to meet your specific needs, including treating co-occurring disorders.
  • Detox services are available, if needed, under the supervision of an experienced and caring medical team in our state-of-the-art medical building.

Treatment and Therapies

  • Gender-specific treatment provides the privacy and peer support you need to process issues specific to your life, from guilt and shame to stress and anxiety.
  • Counselor-led groups address the key issues you face and how to implement healthy lifestyle changes through evidence-based techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
  • Specialty groups provide a safe and supportive circle to address anxiety, body image, parenting, chronic pain, relapse, and grief and loss, among others. Specialized groups for women only address co-occurring disorders – such as trauma, for example – and the substances used with them, like opiates for numbing pain.
  • Trauma programming is designed specifically for women, using an evidence-based, phased approach to support sustained recovery. First, Caron’s trauma professionals establish a sense of safety and stability for the patient. Then, treatment focuses on processing traumatic memories, which may also be a part of a patient’s aftercare. In the safety and stabilization phase, patients are offered psychoeducation and various coping resources informed by cognitive processing therapy (CPT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. In addition, a trauma-sensitive yoga group helps participants release stress and reduce fear.
  • Holistic therapies, such as attention to spiritual needs and fitness activities, renew and refresh body and soul. As clinically indicated, a registered dietitian provides counseling on healthy eating for physically nourishing your body in recovery.

Ongoing Support

Women in Treatment

Support for Every Member of the Family

At Caron, we believe it is critical for the family to be part of their loved one’s treatment process. In addition to periodic updates about your progress, we also provide education so family members better understand substance use disorder, mental health disorders, the need to work on their own recovery and selfcare, and how best to support you in your recovery.

Two programs for children offer age-specific education and counseling for children ages 7-11 and 12-15. Our staff is experienced in talking to children in language they understand, and we offer their adult caregivers tips for how to do that as well. Family members will also learn the best ways to ensure that your return to the home goes smoothly.

Caron's Women's Program in Jasper Chen See

Recognizing Relapse Signs & Getting Help

Caron’s transformative relapse treatment designed for women focuses on key themes, including the shame, guilt, and fear many women feel about their ability to be “good enough.” Trauma may also be a factor in relapse. With expert support, women are able to delve into the feelings and experiences that have kept them from a healthy, sustainable recovery.

The core components of Caron’s Relapse Treatment Program are:

  • Individual and group therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy that can help you to change distorted thinking patterns.

  • Mindfulness education, which research shows can significantly reduce relapse and give people an effective way to manage stress, sleep better, and reduce chronic pain.

  • Treatment for other compulsive behaviors, which can result in relapse when not identified and treated.

  • A sense of community among peers who share an intimate understanding of substance use disorder and similar feelings (often rooted in frustration, guilt, and shame). Their connection is another source of strength, reliability, accountability, and motivation.
  • Family programming that helps your family members understand how the relapse cycle works and how they can successfully support their loved one and themselves.

  • An aftercare plan tailored to your needs and the level of support you require to sustain long-term recovery.


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